After being closed for about 9 months, Universal Studios Singapore’s big new attraction for the 2010 season, Battlestar Galactica, is entering the final phase of testing. The park is now performing “daytime stress-testing” according to Theme Park Tourist, since the day experiences a wider array of temperatures, which affect the expansion and contraction of metal components on the coaster and track.
Back in March of this year, after just one week of operation, the ride was closed due to a fault or malfunction, but no report of why was made. It wasn’t until August that the park released details stating that a seat had flown off one of the trains during a routine test. Fatigue cracks, which formed in the welds that attach the seat to the trains, caused one of the seats to shear off the ride, though the park remained mum about which train it may have come from. Vekoma, the rides manufacturer, has replaced those welded parts with machined ones.
Located in the parks “Sci-Fi City,” Battlestar Galactica is a unique new breed of dueling coaster, which perhaps takes at least some of its influence from the Dueling Dragons roller coaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The ride features not only two unique layouts, but two different types of coasters which duel and interact with each other. The two sides are: the Cyclon, an inverted coaster featuring multiple inversions; Human, a sit-down coaster which is more family-oriented.
The park also had problems with its family boat ride, Madacascar: A Crate Adventure, which was also supposed to open with the park, but several delays have pushed the parks opening back to the 2011 season. Along with bringing these two attractions online full-time finally, Universal Studios Singapore is also planning on opening Transformers: The Ride, a “Spiderman-like” attraction, but featuring the Transformers characters seen in the blockbuster movies from the past few years. Thought he park has not set a firm opening date, officials are hoping for a March or April 2011 opening.
Canobie Lake has just recently released details about their new roller coaster for 2011, a Gerstlauer Compact Euro-Fighter 320+ model coaster to be called ‘Untamed.’ Information about the potential new coaster were first released back in early October, when we reported that the park had announced its interest in adding a new coaster, but that it would be need to get approval from the Planning Board first.
As previously mentioned, new coaster will be Gerstlauer’s Compact Euro-Fighter 320+ model, the same model and layout as Rage at Adventure Island and Falcon at Duinrell. The new coaster will be relatively small at only 72’ 2” (roughly converted from metric) tall with a footprint of approximately 150-feet by 200-feet, very fitting for the small park. It will feature a maximum vertical drop angle of 97 degrees, hit a top speed of around 43.5 mph, and traverse 3 inversions—a loop, an immelman, and a zero-g roll—along the 1,185-foot long course.
The park’s press release includes an image of some concept artwork, the layout, and the logo for the coaster. The logo consists of a Grizzly Bear with some roller coaster track around him and the word ride name, “Untamed,” below him, with slash marks from the bears attack. The concept artwork itself shows the ride twisting, turning, and looping through a back-woods area, heavily forested area of Birches, Pines, and Hemlocks, and a log-cabin, or “Adirondack,” style station and shop.
Roller coaster website Coaster 101 reports that Chris Nicoli, Canobie Lake Park’s Marketing Manager said of the ride: “Our new coaster will certainly live up to its name, deliviering an exciting mix of thrill elements…complementing our classic Yankee Cannonball and Corkscrew coasters…” The coaster will be located near the parks classic wooden coaster, the Yankee Cannon ball, and is meant as a replacement for the recently departed Galaxi roller coaster, Rockin’ Rider, which was removed in 2004.